Clyda Rovers GAA

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Clyda Rovers
Fánaithe na Claide
Founded: 1945
County: Cork
Nickname: Clyda
Colours: Black and Amber
Grounds: Mourne Abbey
Coordinates: 52°04′58.88″N 8°37′52.32″W / 52.0830222°N 8.6312000°W / 52.0830222; -8.6312000Coordinates: 52°04′58.88″N 8°37′52.32″W / 52.0830222°N 8.6312000°W / 52.0830222; -8.6312000
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Clyda Rovers is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the parish of Mourneabbey in County Cork, Ireland. The name of the club comes from the river which runs throughout the parish on its way to meet the River Blackwater. The club fields both Gaelic football and hurling teams. It is a member of Avondhu division of Cork GAA.


The club was founded by Fr. James Moynihan in 1888 with the original name "Mourneabbey". It was originally an all hurling club but in 1923 the club began to compete in Gaelic football also. Records show that Mourneabbey contested a Junior Football County against Canovee in 1911. However, on that occasion they lost. Throughout the '20s '30s & '40s the Club played with little success. Mourneabbey GAA Club was renamed Clyda Rovers in 1945 after The River Clyda which meanders through the parish of Mourneabbey on its way to join the River Blackwater. In the mid 1950s hurling became strongest in the parish and a first North Cork Title was won in Novice Grade in 1955, and a Football title followed in 1956 In the 1960s the club won a number of novice football Cork titles, the win in 1967 in particular was a great boost to the club.

In 1980 after a number of years of trying Clyda Rovers won their first ever Junior A Football North Cork when they defeated Ballyclough in the final. The 1980s was to prove a decade of unparalleled success. Clyda won 7 North Cork titles throughout the decade, 5 in Football and 2 in Hurling. They also Contested 3 County Junior Finals losing 2 football finals but winning the Junior A Hurling County against Ballinscarthy in 1989.

The 1990s began with Clyda Rovers GAA having 2 Intermediate Teams in football and in hurling. The footballers had more success than the hurlers and reached 1 County Final and 3 Semi Finals where they were narrowly defeated each time. However On September the 8th 1996 Clyda finally realised their potential when they defeated Carrigaline to win the Cork Intermediate Football Championship title. Scenes of great celebration followed and for the first time in its history Clyda was a Senior Football Club.

For the next 8 years the Clyda team gave us some historic victories, beating teams such as Muskerry, Carbery, Naomh Abhan, Bishopstown, Douglas, Duhallow to name a few. They reached the Semi Final of the Cork Senior Football Championship in 2000 and were beaten by eventual Champions Nemo Rangers. The Club regarded to Premier Intermediate Football in 2006. Between the Years 2009 to 2011 the club contested 3 Premier Intermediate finals but lost narrowly on each occasion to Valley Rovers, Newcestown and Newmarket. In 2010 the club won its first ever minor hurling county when they defeated St Marks in the Cork Minor B Hurling Championship final in an epic game.

After the 3 final loses under the guidance of Ned English in 2013 Clyda finally brought home the premier intermediate football title when they defeated Macroom in the county final by 13 points to 8 to secure a second intermediate county title in football

The Team then went on to reach the Munster Intermediate Football final where they played Milltown Malbay where they won on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-07 to cap a memorable year for the club.

Two Club players Ray Carey and Paudie Kissane made history for the Club when they were on the Cork Senior Football Team that won the All Ireland Senior Football Title in 2010 when Cork defeated Down 16 points to 15.

Its sister club Mourneabbey Ladies Football have won 2 All-Ireland club titles in 2005 and 2007, and the juvenile club won its first ever county title in Under-16 hurling in 2007.

In the year 2000 Clyda Rovers were looking at moving away from their base in the community centre as the facilities were now not able to cater to the growing demands of the club. However once land alongside the current community centre came up for sale Clyda Rovers GAA came to an agreement with the community council. Between 2001 and 2010 over 1.4 Millon has been spent developing first class facilities in Mourneabbey such as new dressing rooms and the laying of two new pitches – the main one having 400 lux floodlighting. Now Clyda Rovers GAA and Mourneabbbey boast a modern complex which the local area is very proud of.

The Club has printed 3 club history books. 1884-1984 Clyda Rovers GAA Club History, 1985-1996 Come on Clyda, 1997-2013 A Community of Champions.


  • 1 Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship: 2013[1]
  • 1 Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship: 2013[2] Runners-Up: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • 1 Cork Intermediate Football Championship: 1996 Runners-Up: 1994
  • 1 Cork Junior A Hurling Championship: 1989
  • 1 Cork County Minor B Football Championship: 1999
  • 1 Cork County Minor B Hurling Championship: 2010
  • 1 Cork County Division 2 Football League: 2014
  • 2 Cork County Intermediate Football Leagues: 1991, 2011
  • 1 Cork County Minor B Football League: 1999
  • 1 Cork County Minor A Football League: 2009
  • 1 Cork County Minor C Hurling League: 2015
  • 5 North Cork Junior A Football Championship: 1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 Runners-Up: 1978, 2011
  • 2 North Cork Junior A Hurling Championship: 1985, 1989 Runners-Up:1986, 2005, 2009
  • 10 North Cork Junior B Football Championship: 1956, 1961, 1967, 1973, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2013, 2016
  • 4 North Cork Junior B Hurling Championship: 1955, 1962, 1975, 1982
  • 1 North Cork Minor A Football Championship: 2009
  • 1 North Cork Minor B Hurling Championship: 2010
  • 1 North Cork Minor A Football League: 2009
  • 1 North Cork Under-21A Football Championship: 2001
  • 8 North Cork Under-21B Football Championship: 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2004, 2010, 2016
  • 4 North Cork Under-21B Hurling Championship: 1990, 2005, 2012, 2013
  • 2 North Cork Minor B Football Championship: 1989, 1999
  • 1 Northern Region Minor C Hurling Championship: 2013
  • 2 Northern Region Minor C Football Championship : 2012, 2013
  • 5 North Cork Junior A Football Leagues: 1979, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989
  • 3 North Cork Junior A Hurling Leagues: 1984, 1985, 1989
  • 1 North Cork Junior B Football League: 1972
  • 3 North Cork Minor B Hurling Leagues: 1987, 1999, 2010
  • 2 North Cork Minor A Football League: 2004, 2009
  • 3 North Cork Minor B Football League: 1985, 1993, 1999
  • 2 Northern Region Minor C Football League: 2012, 2016
  • 2 Northern Region Minor C Hurling League: 2012, 2015
  • 2 Avondhu Div 2 Hurling League: 2002, 2015
  • 1 Avondhu Div 3 Football League: 1998
  • 1 Avondhu Div 2 Football League: 2001

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  1. ^ "Murphy gets it right and Clyda celebrate". Irish Examiner. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Glory at last for classy Clyda". Irish Examiner. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 

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